Thursday, April 9, 2009


This was a subject of conversation the other day between myself and Tara, my Beta reader (she reads my WIP’s for consistency and plot holes).

She believes our lives have soundtracks – just like movies do. In a sense I agree with her, because music is HUGE for me. I use music for everything. It will trigger an idea for a new book, it will keep me attached to a movie (yes, right now it’s Twilight and Rob Pattinson’s song (Never Think)-I Love IT!).

Okay I'm drooling and digressing…

Want to know how to tell my mood?

Hyper good mood = Hard Rock, Alternative
Party mood = Rock, Rap or R&B
Sexy mood = Jazz, slow R&B
Nostalgic = Country, Southern Rock, 80’s & 90’s rock
Calm or need to be Calm = Opera, Classical

Sounds like I have multiple personalities doesn’t it…I’m extremely eclectic when it comes to music.

So when we were discussing a new idea I have for a book – or rather a book I’ve already written, but changing the genre on it, she mentioned that I needed to have a soundtrack for it. She believes books should have soundtracks too – No stealing, this is Tara’s idea, so she should get royalties – LOL. So anyway, she was giving me ideas, which were all good. But I can’t hear it yet – she can obviously.

There are a lot of writers I know that write and listen to music. I’m not one of them. Hell I can barely walk and chew gum – LOL.

Typically I need complete quiet. A song can spur an idea and I’ll listen to the song often to get the thought/feeling back, but I can’t write to it. She on the other hand listens to music doing everything and I’m sure she has the soundtrack to my book already in her iPod.

So this got me to thinking about life and if I had to make a soundtrack for my life what would it look like. I’ve compiled a few songs that I still love to this day even if I don’t always listen to that artist much, but hold great memories for me.

What would the soundtrack for my life look like?

Sister Christian (Night Ranger), Jessie’s Girl (Rick Springfield), Give me Three Steps (Lynard Skynard), Sara Smiles (Hall & Oats), Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi), Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne), Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf), The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion, There’s Only One Way to Rock (Sammy Hagar), Memory (Cat’s Soundtrack).

This by the way would only be Vol. #1 ;-)

What does your life soundtrack look like?


Houston A.W. Knight said...

Oh Gosh! Sound track to my life? OMG - I'll have to get back to you with that!
;-) But Crazy Train is a good start!


Vicki said...

I don't know about the soundtrack for my life, but I always listen to music as I'm writing.

TLIAV has a soundtrack, songs from different genre's that make up the feel for the book. In fact, I just added Mad World, Adam Lambert's version.

I know you said it was T's idea, but a lot of author's make soundtracks for their books. Not that the readers always know this. But a lot of them do list them on their websites. :)

LKap said...

Hawk -
Thank about it and let me know ;-)

V -
You are right, I see more and more doing it - she actually thinks they should be sold with the books ;-)

Vicki said...

See now, that's totally T's. She should get rights to that thought. :D

Love it.

Brandy W said...

I don't know what my soundtrack would be. I'll have to think about this one. Though it just might be songs that I remember from her time periods; teens, young adult, marital frustrations; you know stuff like that.

Cynthia Sherrick said...

I love many different styles of music as well. My soundtrack would probably include a little bit of everything. (Except opera -- had a boyfriend once who was opera obsessed) :]

While writing, I don't listen to music. There are too many distractions as it is...

Anonymous said...

Hey! thanks for the credit. The idea came to me when I was reading the Harry Poter series. I would listen to the movie soundtrack at the same time and it made the book come alive. Books are movies for our mind and a movie without sound has no emotion! Just my opinion.

Love ya,